France has imposed a moratorium on the expulsion of foreign students who found refuge in France after fleeing the war in Ukraine, the government told AFP on Monday, citing financial aid for people hosting Ukrainians.
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This moratorium “until September specifically for students” was adopted on June 17 and was the subject of an “interministerial decision”, we explain within the Executive, confirming the statements made by the Prefect Joseph Zimet in the daily Le Monde, who heads the interministerial crisis unit for admission from Ukrainians.
“It has been decided (…) that no obligation to leave the territory (OQTF) will be applied, nor will a new OQTF be decided, until the start of the academic year,” he said.
“A new in-depth review of your situation will be undertaken, which will focus on your student project and resources. We will apply to them the same criteria as students applying for a visa in France,” stressed Prefect Zimet, while prefectural decisions on expulsions against these non-Ukrainian students have started to multiply in recent weeks.
The government estimates that “ultimately less than 200 people” will finally be able to stay in France after being offered “a second chance” at the start of the school year.
Almost 3,500 third-country nationals (including but not limited to students) enjoy temporary protection in France after fleeing Ukraine.
According to the provisions of the Europeans’ temporary protection for Ukrainians fleeing the conflict, third-country nationals must return to their country if they can return “safely and durably”, i.e. if their country is not at war or if they do not fear for her there Life.
A situation denounced by right-backs as a symbol of the “double standard” in hosting exiles.
In addition, the executive also confirmed that financial aid from the Purchasing Power Crisis Fund for citizens’ shelters, which currently houses more than 10,000 Ukrainians, is under investigation.
It should “rise from 150 to 200 euros for a few months”, Joseph Zimet specified to the “world” and explained that it was about “preventing a collapse of this reception”. “Having a Ukrainian household at home for several months causes financial stress and can lead to a kind of fatigue,” he explained.